[SciPy-User] Wording question regarding to distributions

David Goldsmith d.l.goldsmith@gmail....
Thu Jan 14 17:48:14 CST 2010


On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 3:13 PM,  <josef.pktd@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 5:37 PM, David Warde-Farley <dwf@cs.toronto.edu> wrote:
>>
>> On 14-Jan-10, at 5:30 PM, Gökhan Sever wrote:
>>
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> What is the right way to express:
>>>
>>> Do we fit data to a distribution or distribution to data?
>>>
>>> Thanks.
>>
>> I would say the latter. Assuming we are talking about the same
>
> I agree, unless you are "massaging" your data to fit the distribution
> to get nicer results.
>
> Josef

Exactly: you're only "fitting data to a distribution" if you're
fiddling w/ the data to make it fit; otherwise, your "fitting the
distribution to the data."

My $2e6.

DG


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